A firebomb was thrown in a Jewish Manhattan neighborhood yesterday and popular progressives are still fanning the flames.
Elected officials have had a great deal to say about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the past two weeks.
There has been a reluctance by certain progressive Democratic politicians to blame the latest round of violence on Hamas, though Hamas initiated the conflict by firing rockets at Israeli civilian populations- a war crime as defined by the Geneva Convention.
There have been attempts to draw a moral equivalency between evicting someone from a house and reigning fire and terror down on innocent men, women, and children.
These have been followed by attempts to excuse the violence and terror. Because of Israel’s advanced weapons systems and Iron Dome, Hamas-apologists insist, Hamas is incapable of visiting violence and terror on Israel.
A dozen dead Israeli citizens and their families- including Arab-Israelis- plus innocent civilians on the Palestinian side killed when Hamas rockets misfired and fell on their own people- would disagree, if they were alive to do so.
No one puts it better than eminent Jewish writer Bari Weiss.
In “The Bad Optics of Fighting for Your Life,” she laments the fact that in popular progressive culture 2021, “standing up for the right of innocent people to protect themselves from a genocidal terrorist organization has become extremely risky to one’s ‘brand’.”
“And so lies have replaced truth,” Weiss writes of so-called progressive attitudes about Israel. “Memes have replaced morality. Hashtags have replaced history.”
Anti-Semitism, as Weiss and others have warned, destroyed Corbyn’s progressive British Labour Party and is now threatening to do the same everywhere.
Yet, what many influential and popular U.S. lawmakers have not done, some not at all, some not to the satisfaction of Jewish communities, is to plead for calm, decry the violence and speak up for American Jews- who do not feel safe amid the wave of anti-Israel protests and demonstrations which have resulted in violent displays of anti-Semitism in Jewish neighborhoods.
Now might be a wonderful time to remind progressives demonstrating in support of the Palestinian cause that American Jews, A.) Are not responsible for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, B.) Are not responsible for the actions of the Israeli government or its legal system, and C.) Have no control whatsoever over either.
For some reason, progressive politicians with enormous influence are doing nothing of the kind. Even as the anti-Semitic violence continues to escalate.